Hiring managers and headhunters are looking for the certifications. At this point it does not matter whether the certifications make sense or not. If you ever look for a job it may help you pass the first filter. Sometimes a certification is a good incentive to get an all-round understanding of a new topic. And, in this case, I took the PMI-ACP as part of departmental policy.
To prepare for the exam I read the book PMI-ACP® Exam Prep by Mike Griffiths.
“PMI-ACP® Exam Prep” is focused on passing the exam, but I found it to be good refresher on some topics I had not encountered recently. I was also introduced to some agile approaches like Crystal I was not familiar with. The book is well written and contains enough references to good authors and books I have read that I feel confident the other references are likely to be worthwhile too. The question sections where an excellent preparation for PMI’s tricky exam questions.
Don’t expect a lot of new information. Most of agile is common sense. Reading the book, you will find some great nuggets and I also see some familiar concepts through a different lens. This book will not teach you how to become a good agilist but it will help you to pass the exam and it also collates a lot of ideas, quotes and factoids in one book.
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